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What is a catalyst control center?

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Catalyst Control Center is software used to change the settings of AMD graphics cards used with Intel CPUs. Computers using AMD components for both the graphics card and CPU use the AMD Vision Control Center instead.

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AMD produces graphics cards under the ATI Radeon label. The Catalyst Control Center provides advanced options for gamers, video editors and other users who need fine-tuned control over the specifics of their graphics cards. These options include display management, overclocking, digital scaling and color management. They also allow the complete customization of the graphics card's operation.

Catalyst Control Center's Artificial Intelligence feature optimizes individual games as needed, creating different graphics presets depending on each game's particular graphic demands. This increases performance dynamically, rather than requiring the user to configure graphics card options on a per-game basis to obtain maximum performance.

Catalyst Control Center is bundled with AMD's graphics drivers, which are included in the package when a graphics card is purchased. The bundle is also available free of charge on AMD's website as a download. This allows users who no longer have their installation media or who purchase secondhand cards to reinstall graphics drivers and Catalyst Control Center as needed. The software only works with AMD graphics cards.

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